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E-Books: Does Anybody Buy Them?

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    jsrfc58

    I'm curious...does anybody (other than Tablet PC owners I guess) actually buy/use e-books?  I'm wondering how big the market is for them nowadays.  For reference books I can see this happening, but how about for non-fiction or even fiction?

    Thanks in advance...

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    reedracer

    If a book is available as an ebook, I prefer that format.  Followed by audion and plain old paper.  I have an H2210 Pocket PC.  I can read it anywhere, do not need a light to read in bed, can keep track of time very easily, and can annotate or bookmark anything in context.  I prefer Microsoft reader over the rest, as well.

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    Michael Griffiths

    No, because ebooks are generally overpriced.

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    Red5

    I prefer e-books for the same reasons as reedracer. I not only read them, I make them for MSReader. You can find may e-texts at project gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org

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    z33driver

    I do, but then again I'm a Tablet PC user.  But, for things like fiction books (I'm a big Tom Clancy fan) I usually like to buy the actual book, because when I'm done with it I can sell it and recoup some of the cost.  I've never tried to sell an ebook I already bought, and I'm not sure if its even possible.

    Edit:
    http://www.ebooks.com/">http://www.ebooks.com is actually kind of impressive with some of the esoteric titles that are available in electronic form too, like TheStreet.com's "The Master Swing Trader: Tools and Techniques to Profit from Outstanding Short-Term Trading Opportunities" and "http://www.ebooks.com/ebooks/book_display.asp?IID=183680">Trade Like a Hedge Fund: 20 Successful Uncorrelated Strategies and Techniques to Winning Profits".  Pretty cool.

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    jabancroft

    I read ebooks almost exclusively on my Pocket PC devices. They're cheap at www.ereader.com (formerly Palm Digital Media formerly Peanut Press). Lots of recent and interesting titles, and I pay an average of $6-7 dollars per title. Less than paperback, and far more convenient - they're always with me, it remembers my place automatically, and I can read at night with the Pocket PC backlight and not bother my sleeping wife (as much as a full on light).

    Josh Bancroft
    www.tinyscreenfuls.com

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    Tom Servo

    Don't buy eBooks if you don't have a handy portable solution, like a tablet. And if you intend of reading them on a CRT, don't even think about it.

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    RamblingGeek​UK

    I've just purchased Dan Brown's Deception Point as an e-book. This is the first e-book I have purchased.

    I have an m200 tablet pc which I found got to hot (even with the backlight on low and the proc set to min), also I was very nervous with the thought of dropping of to sleep and dropping it.

    I then switched to reading the same book on my PDA, which as others have said is the best way. The light doesn't bother my wife-to-be at night. If I drop it, which I have it doesn't break.   Big Smile

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    MisterDonut

    Yeah, I use them. Specifically, I have a copy of the NIV and ink on it at church. I get the strangest looks.. Smiley

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    ghos

    Ooh Deception Point, nice book.  I like all of Dan Browns books.

    As for e-books, I tried getting into them a couple of years ago.  Unfortunately without a portable solution they aren't viable. 
    I was able to try reading one on a pocketpc and it was better than desktop, but I read fast and I felt like I was turning the page every few seconds.
    I think a tablet PC sounds like the most idea way to read a e-book.  If I had one I might purchase e-books as they are usually cheaper than the real book alternative.
    Still nothing like having a real book in your hands and turning the pages.

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    Karim

    MisterDonut wrote:
    Yeah, I use them. Specifically, I have a copy of the NIV and ink on it at church. I get the strangest looks..


    Come to Neighborhood Friendship Church!   There are no strangers here, only friends.  We have an energetic pastor, a wonderful choir and a vibrant community service program.  In addition, we also offer free Wi-Fi.  Come worship with us!

    LOL

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    brussell

    reedracer wrote:
    If a book is available as an ebook, I prefer that format.  Followed by audion and plain old paper.  I have an H2210 Pocket PC.  I can read it anywhere, do not need a light to read in bed, can keep track of time very easily, and can annotate or bookmark anything in context.  I prefer Microsoft reader over the rest, as well.


    Same with me.
    I have also been checking e-books out from the library.

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    z33driver

    brussell wrote:
    reedracer wrote: If a book is available as an ebook, I prefer that format.  Followed by audion and plain old paper.  I have an H2210 Pocket PC.  I can read it anywhere, do not need a light to read in bed, can keep track of time very easily, and can annotate or bookmark anything in context.  I prefer Microsoft reader over the rest, as well.


    Same with me.
    I have also been checking e-books out from the library.
    Have you seen http://www.netlibrary.com?  I tried to see it, but it tells me my browser (IE7 beta) is not supported.  Anyway, its supposed to be an online ebook library.

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